Ford Mondeo Saloon (2014 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 16 Jan 2015
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With a sleek and almost four-door coupe-esque silhouette, this is the new Ford Mondeo saloon, a body style dropped mid-way through the life cycle of the previous generation due to dwindling sales. Unless large family cars have a premium badge, it seems saloons just lack appeal to British buyers: Vauxhall sells few four-door Insignias and Volkswagen Passat saloons are outsold by the estate here too.

3 out of 5

Buying new

Ford expects very few buyers to opt for the Mondeo saloon, perhaps as few as three percent of sales of the whole range. It also expects the vast majority of those will be picked up by company car drivers, benefitting from the low BIK figures.

The fact remains, if you’re a private motorist who intends to cover more than an average number of miles each year, or tend to do most of your driving outside of cities, then the Mondeo hybrid isn’t the one you should go for – you simply won’t recoup the benefits.

Whether this means Ford dealers will offer significant discounts off the model remains to be seen – if they don’t have to have one in stock, chances are unless they’re within close proximity to London, they won’t bother.

As standard the hybrid comes in Titanium trim, the one Ford expects most Mondeos to be equipped with but without parking sensors those bumper corners could be susceptible to damage, even with experienced drivers.

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4 out of 5

Buying used

Arguably the Ford Mondeo saloon hybrid might make more sense to used buyers, although it remains to be seen how values actually perform when the cars have passed beyond their first keepers.

Even if it becomes something of a bargain to buy, the running cost issue will remain – they will be low if annual mileages aren’t high and you don’t do too many frequent long journeys in it.

If you’re looking specifically for a Mondeo hybrid then you could be waiting a long time too – Ford expects no more than three in every 100 new Mondeos sold will be the petrol-electric saloon, so you might not have many to pick from.

As ever, ensure all the equipment works as it should and that it’s been looked after, particularly if it’s one not fitted with parking sensors as the car’s extremities are tricky to judge without them. Similarly check all the paper work tallies up and that it’s been serviced and maintained as it should have been.

Ease your doubt further with a Parkers Car History Check to discover any secrets such as outstanding finance.

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3 out of 5

Selling

Ford expects on average that after three years used Mondeo values will be £1,200 higher than the outgoing model. Unfortunately there was no hybrid saloon in the last generation so its position is not especially clear at the moment.

If you’re selling a Mondeo saloon hybrid you need to major on the car’s ease of use to drive around town and how economical it is for city-based commuting. If you’ve specified a number of options on the car, such as parking sensors and the inflatable rear seat airbags, highlight the benefits of those too.

Ensure all the paperwork is complete including a fully documented service history and that any parking scrapes and wheel damage have been repaired or replaced, if there is any.

It’s also worth giving the car a thorough valet, removing all barring any essentials from the interior and photographing the car well for the advertisements. Don’t underestimate the importance of a well-written advert either for its potential to attract customers.